Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

“I love taking tests,” said no sane person ever. Don’t get me wrong, tests are important in measuring our academic progress, yet I’m sure everyone and their brother would agree with me when I say that tests can be daunting at times. Tests consists of dozens of multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, and short answers. They're all related to numerous concepts we learn within a couple of weeks. We study in the library or huddled in our rooms with books scattered all over. As a college student, I can attest to desperately trying to retain information while struggling to stay awake. There have been situations where I’d stay up until one in the morning and set an alarm for six in the morning to study more until a test at 8am. After tests, I've felt frustrated for not feeling prepared enough in addition to getting little sleep. A couple of weeks ago, I realized enough was enough. I’ve learned from my mistakes and have applied the following helpful lessons: 1) Determine whether it's better to study alone or with others. For me, no matter how smart or nice one may seem, I will NOT study with another person because five other girls will all of a sudden appear out of nowhere causing distraction. 2) Start making a quizlet as soon as you get new material and study it in advance, when you’re bored or waiting in line. 3) Use various resources and methods instead of just one: reading the textbook, watching educational youtube videos, using quizlet or online practice tests, writing notes, etc. 4) Make it fun! We’re so blessed to have the opportunity to get an education so instead of whining and complaining about it, realize that certain concepts can be interesting if you take the time to learn them. 5) If you don’t know if by midnight, you don’t know it. Get a good night’s sleep. 6) Last but not least, don’t stress. Agonizing will prevent clear thinking plus weaken your immune system. At the end of the day, it is what it is. Just do your best.

Grace from Florida
College Freshman
Palm Beach Atlantic University